Ellen Dirkx awarded ESC HFA Fellowship

SOPHIA ANTIPOLIS, FRANCE (01-12-2012) – Ellen Dirkx has been awarded a fellowship of € 30.000,- to conduct research on microRNA biology in heart failure. Research Fellowships of the Heart Failure Association of the ESC are a category of grant to provide an opportunity for research training in the field of heart failure in a country in Europe other than their own. Yearly only two awardees in Europe are appointed based upon the quality and innovative aspects of their research proposals.
The goals of the scheme are to provide early career clinicians or scientists with high quality research experience that will enhance their future career as well as provide clear added value to their home institution or country upon their return. With these goals in mind, particular attention will be given to the applicant’s prior training and experience, the quality of the research proposal, the appropriateness of the chosen Centre and supervisor for the planned research training, and what added value would be derived both for the Fellow and the home institution. Research Fellowships are held for a period of two years.
Dr. Leon de Windt: “We are proud to harbor for the second time an HFA Fellowship grantee in our Center for Molecular Cardiology. In 2007, Paula da Costa Martins received the HFA Fellowship. These personal awards are an effective manner to attract innovative young scientists and stimulate them to execute their ambitious research goals. From this group of scientists, the new generation of leading scientists in Europe will emerge.”